The Tannery Restaurant

Since Paul and Máire Flynn opened The Tannery in 1997, it has become one of the most original and welcoming experiences in Irish food. What makes it special? There is Paul’s cooking, of course – his fresh Waterford produce, ever-changing menus and mouth-watering focus on flavour. There are cosy chats in the wine bar, warm and welcoming service from expert staff, a bright and buzzy atmosphere at the tables. There is our unique location in the seaside town of Dungarvan, a stone’s throw from the Copper Coast and Comeragh Mountains. But most of all, there is the Tannery’s knack for serving up that most important of ingredients: a great time.


Our Experience:

While in Ireland, we visited Chef Paul Flynn where he gave us an inside look at the Tannery restaurant, the Townhouse, and the Cookery School. Chef Flynn created delicious dishes for us that included fresh seafood and our favorite butter, Kerrygold. It was here that we learned of his passion for creating great tasting food, while also teaching his students why flavors are so important in simple dishes. We experienced first hand the importance of ingredients and how fresh flavors can truly make a difference. Starting out our evening with a cooking lesson and tasting oysters was the perfect way to learn more about Chef Flynn’s style of cooking.


Chef Paul Flynn

Restaurant, Townhouse, Cookery School

Paul Flynn, chef and owner of The Tannery Restaurant, Townhouse and Cookery School, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford is renowned for cooking modern Irish food. He started his cooking career with Nico Ladenis in London in the late 80s and returned to Ireland in 1993.

Paul’s dishes are known and loved for their deep earthy flavours and the menus give nothing away in their simplicity yet the tastes are hugely exciting. He was the cookery writer for the Irish Times and subsequently wrote three cookery books, An Irish Adventure with Food (Food and Wine cookbook of the year 2005) and ‘Second Helpings’ which contains a selection of spectacular recipes using seasonal food. His third book, Surf and Turf is co-written with Martin Shanahan was released in 2012. Most recently Paul has written a book in collaboration with Lidl Ireland.

In 1997 Paul opened The Tannery Restaurant in his home town of Dungarvan and and 2005 the Tannery Townhouse followed. In 2008 The Tannery Cookery School became the third part of the operation and the Townhouse extended to 14 rooms.

Paul lives in Dungarvan, Co Waterford with his wife Máire, also involved in the business and two daughters.

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The Tannery Restaurant Limited

10 Quay Street

Dungarvan, Co.

Waterford, Ireland

IrelandLaura McIntosh